Brookfield Ch.2 -Core Assumptions of Skillful Teaching

Brookfield (2015) discusses the 4 assumptions of skillful teaching: 1. Skillful teaching is whatever helps the students learn;  2. Skillful teachers adopt a critically reflective stance;   3. …Constant awareness of how students are experiencing their learning and perceiving their teachers’ actions and; 4.  College students of any age should be treated as adults.

I can identify most with the second assumption and the adoption of a critical reflection stance. I believe that as educators, or even in our regular jobs,we need to be able to self reflect in order to assess situations/experiences and gain insight from them for the next time and understand why we did/said what we did any any corresponding consequences. By analyzing our own behaviour and thoughts, I believe it allows us to understand or at least be open to understanding other points of view, beliefs and attitudes. Trent University (n.d.) states “…you can appreciate the ideas of others, notice how their assumptions and preconceived ideas may have shaped their thoughts, and perhaps recognize how your ideas support or oppose what you read.”

As adult educators, I believe that we need to always be critically reflective as this will allow us to embrace and enhance the other 3 assumptions mentioned. We need to look at each class as  unique and perhaps we need to adjust our teaching style to ensure the whole class is learning and engaged. How the students are experiencing their learning also comes from reflection – we’ve all had classes where the “click” just wasn’t there – was it how we delivered the information? The topic? As well, we need to remind ourselves that though are students are young at the subject, they are indeed adults and to treat them other than that can affect how they learn or perceive their learning.



Brookfield, S. (2015). The skillful teacher: On technique, trust and responsiveness in the classroom. San Francisco, CA; Jossey-Bass

Trent University (n.d). How do I…..Write a reflection? Retrieved from


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